According to Susan Heavey of Reuters, the U.S. Special Counsel’s Office on Friday asked a court to delay sentencing for U.S. President Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman, Rick Gates, amid “ongoing investigations” stemming from the Russia investigation.
In a filing with the U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller cited Gates’ continued cooperation with multiple probes and asked permission to update the judge on the case again by May 14.
In February 2018 Gates pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators.
Gates was the longtime business partner of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who faces more than seven years in prison for financial and conspiracy crimes after sentencing this week in a separate case in federal court in Washington.
Unlike Manafort, who stood trial and was found guilty in one case in Virginia before pleading guilty in another case in Washington, Gates agreed early on to cooperate with Mueller’s team and took the stand to testify against his former business partner.
On Friday, Mueller’s team said in the court filing; “Gates continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations, and accordingly the parties do not believe it is appropriate to commence the sentencing process at this time.”
According to Politico, Gates who helped run the inaugural efforts alongside real estate developer and longtime Trump friend Tom Barrack, may be helping federal prosecutors in New York who are investigating Trump’s inauguration committee, which is facing questions about the source of its donations and how it spent its record haul.